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Men's Senior baseball: Whitecaps look for spot at state

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After a slow start, the Carlos Whitecaps have won six of their seven final games and are 8-6 heading into their final game before the state tournament for the Minnesota Senior Men's Amateur Baseball Association.

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"We finally have our full, healthy team back from early season injuries and players [who were] coaching their sons' teams. The Whitecaps are making a push for the state tournament right now and are finishing strong to draw a top tier seed in Jordan," said Whitecaps manager Troy Olson. "I am very pleased [that] we are playing our best baseball of the season right now.

"The turnaround can be credited to Kyle Berberich's return from a broken ankle and Greg Endres and Dan Nolan's return to the lineup. Our MVP, Marc Illies, is back on track on the mound, baffling hitters with his knuckle ball.

"We look forward to participating in our third state tournament and trying to win another title," he said.

Carlos handed Verndale a 7-5 loss recently, then routed Urbank 13-3 before stopping Verndale once again 8-1.

The Whitecaps play in the Northwest Minnesota League, which is led by the Menahga/Sebeka Relics, who sport an 11-4 record.

Carlos will face Perham on Saturday in Carlos at noon, then head to state tournament action in Jordan, Belle Plaine, Veseli and Shakopee August 18-19 and 25-26.

GAME SUMMARIES

VERNDALE 000 000 1 1-1-1

CARLOS 224 000 X 8-6-1

CARLOS PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Marc Illies (W) 7-1-1-0-3-8.

CARLOS HITTING - Brad Anderson 1-2, 1 run, 1 rbi; Kyle Berberich 2-4, 2 rbi; Ryan Burgau 1-2, 2 rbi, sac; Greg Endres 1-3, 2 rbi; Marc Illies 1 run, 1 bb; Rob Illies 1-3, 1 run; Greg Nathe 1-2, 1 run, 1 rbi; 2-3, 2 runs; Troy Olson 2-2, 1 run 1 bb; Vince Palyan 1 run, 1 bb;

CARLOS 300 301 7-9-0

VERNDALE 000 005 5-11-0

CARLOS PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Vince Palyan (W) 6-11-5-5-4-10; Marc Illies (S) 1-0-0-0-0-1.

CARLOS HITTING - Kyle Berberich 1 run; Marc Illies 1-4, 2 rbi; Vince Palyan 2-2, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 bb; Greg Endres 1-2, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 bb; Troy Olson 1 run, 1 bb; Greg Nathe 1 run, 1 rbi, 2 bb; Brad Anderson 1 run, 2bb; Rob Illies 1-3, 1 run; Ryan Burgau 1-3, 1 run, 1 rbi.

URBANK 000 21 3-6-0

CARLOS 905 00 14-12-3

CARLOS PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Robb Nigg 5-6-3-3-5-4.

CARLOS HITTING - Kyle Berberich 1-4, 2 runs, 1 bb; Ryan Burgau 1-2, 1 run, 3 rbi, 2 bb; Greg Endres 2-3, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 1 bb; Marc Illies 1-4; Brian Jacobson 2-3, 1 run, 2 rbi, 1 bb; Tony Karels 1-1; Greg Nathe 2 runs, 1 rbi, 2 bb; Dan Nolan 2-3, 2 runs; Robb Nigg 2-3, 1 run, 2 rbi, 1 bb; Troy Olson 1-2, 2 runs, 1 rbi.

FULL RESULTS TO DATE

Menahga 3, Carlos 2

Carlos 4, Urbank 3

Carlos def. Nisswa by forfeit

Menahga 8, Carlos 3

Perham 7, Carlos 6

Fort Ripley 14, Carlos 3

Burnsville 9, Carlos 1

Monticello 11, Carlos 5

Cold Spring 5, Carlos 4

Menahga 3, Carlos 0

Carlos 10, Nisswa 0

Carlos 1, Fort Ripley 0

Fort Ripley 4, Carlos 3

Carlos 7, Urbank 6

Carlos 8, Urbank 1

Carlos 7, Verndale 5

Carlos 14, Verndale 3

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